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One Week Until Pre-orders Close

  If you are looking to pre-order Issue Five (with wrapping, trade card, and free shipping), you only have through next Tuesday to do it. After September 18th, Issue Five will be sold without the wrapping and free shipping. To get your order in on time, there are two ways to do it:  1. Subscribe for a year (2 issues) 2. Order Issue Five individually  This issue’s got a fascinating combination of traditional coopering, Norse Sea Chest construction, Chester Cornett, Japanese woodworking, Eric Sloane, and more. Check out the full table of contents here. We are so excited about this new issue and can’t wait to get it into your hands! The packing party to ship this issue out will be...

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Issue Five Packing Party - Sign Up Now!

  As of this afternoon, Issue Five has been sent off to the printer. That, of course, means that the next Packing Party is right around the corner! For those of you who haven’t heard, with each new issue of the magazine, comes the fine, established tradition of the Mortise & Tenon Packing Party! We have folks travel from all over to come to our new workshop in Sedgwick, Maine to help wrap each new issue in brown paper, affix a special trade card with wax seal, and place it in a mailer with a handful of pine plane shavings. Everyone shares good food (wood-fired pizza, home-baked goodies, and more), locally-roasted coffee, excellent conversation, and an overall fantastic time. We...

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“Hands Employed Aright” Poster Now Shipping!

When I got home from work yesterday, the long-anticipated shipment of the Jonathan Fisher workshop posters was sitting on my front porch! This poster features the incredible illustration that was commissioned for my new book, Hands Employed Aright: The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847). The image is a recreation of a typical Jonathan Fisher workshop scene, in which the parson is hard at work making furniture for his and his community’s homes. Everything from the barn he worked in, the tools hanging on the walls, the partially assembled desk in the foreground, to the sheep inside and pigs outside are all based on surviving artifacts or documentation. Little in this illustration is conjecture.

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Two New Fisher Items Now in Our Store!

Yesterday was monumental. In the afternoon, a freight truck delivered my first book, Hands Employed Aright, hot off the presses from Lost Art Press. When I signed a book contract with Chris four years ago, I had no idea how deep this research would take me. In the course of the project, I was the recipient of two generous grants from the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and the Early American Industries Association, traveled to Winterthur to spend a week reviewing my research with Charles Hummel, was granted many hours on several occasions to examine museums’ period objects, and was given sage council from friends, colleagues, and mentors the whole way through. It’s not hyperbole to say this research...

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How to Edit Your Writing

“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.” – William Strunk, Elements of Style

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Issue Five Available for Pre-Order!

We are excited to announce Issue Five is now available for pre-order in our store! If you don’t already have a subscription, you can sign up here. or If you want to pre-order only this issue, you can do so here. This pre-order window will close after Tuesday, September 18th. After that date, the shipping charge will be applied and there will be no brown paper and wax-sealed wrapping.  

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Issue Five: A Journey into Japanese Woodworking by Kim Choy

Note: Pre-orders for Issue Five open tomorrow morning! First thing in the morning (eastern time), we will be releasing the brand new cover art and begin taking orders. As always, all pre-orders and subscriptions will get the special brown paper wrapping and wax-sealed trade card with the new issue. Scheduled delivery of this issue is late September. If you haven’t yet signed up for a yearly subscription (offering free shipping and a discounted cover price), you can do so here right now. See you in the morning! We are so excited to be launching our fifth issue! 10,000 Hours: A Journey into Japanese Woodworking by Kim Choy Every woodworking journey begins with a step. But setting out in pursuit of 10,000 hours...

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Issue Five: Woodworking in Classic Literature by Megan Fitzpatrick

Tradespeople have been admired, depicted in paintings, remembered in song, and hilariously lampooned in popular writing for centuries. Every village had a joiner, a carpenter, various wrights, smiths, and weavers, and English literature from the past half-millennium is rife with references to these workers and their trades - some glowing in admiration, some tellingly unflattering. In M&T Issue Five, author Megan Fitzpatrick invites us to dust off our library and explore some of the unique contributions that the woodworking trades have made to classic compositions. 

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Issue Five: Tools for Learning - Woodworking with Young Kids

The passing of hand skills from one generation to the next has been a basic part of humanity from time immemorial. Parents teaching children, masters guiding apprentices to make the necessities of life and to grow in both proficiency and the understanding of materials and forms. Children are hard-wired to create, and the task of guiding kids in their creative explorations has always fallen on us: mentors, teachers, and parents. 

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Issue Five: Examination of an 18th-century Tea Table

In Issue Five, we will be featuring a photo essay examination of an 18th-century mahogany tea table that I purchased at an auction a while back. This examination is unique from our others in that the photos depict the sliding dovetail joint disassembled during conservation treatment. This is a rare opportunity to look at the minutia of how this joint was cut and fit – there are undercut and overcuts that tell a lot about how this craftsman was working.

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